Not everyone loves Black Friday. In fact, there are a large number of Amazon workers and activism groups spending time when they could be shopping, instead staging protests against Black Friday around the world. They call themselves the “Make Amazon Pay” group, and they turned over a list of demands that included pay raises for workers around the world, putting an end to their practice of union-busting, and taking a lead on climate action.
The group is composed of coalitions of human rights organizations, unions, and environmentalists, probably just the types of organizations that Jeff Bezos would prefer to not run into at a dinner party. The coalition is intent on getting Amazon to operate its business differently. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion-dollar corporation, with Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth,” the group’s demands statement said. “Meanwhile, Amazon warehouse workers risked their lives as essential workers, and only briefly received an increase in pay.” Amazon workers received a $2-per-hour wage increase in March that was then cut in the summer.”
The Make Amazon Pay group told Business Insider that actions on Friday were planned for 15 countries around the world, including the U.S., Spain, the UK, Mexico, Australia, Poland, India and Italy. Even though Amazon has announced it is paying $500 million in holiday bonuses to frontline workers, the UNI Global Union said that’s not nearly enough. “It is great that workers are getting more this holiday season. It is not enough. To show it values its workforce, Amazon should collectively bargain wages and conditions with workers throughout its operations rather than make one-time unilateral gestures of appreciation,” Christy Hoffman, the general secretary of UNI Global said.